Turkey into semi-finals after romp over Slovenia

Turkish captain Hidayet Turkoglu celebrates after Turkey beat Slovenia during the World Championship quarter-final basketball match in Istanbul. Turkey won 95-68. and will play Serbia in the semi-finals.

ISTANBUL (AFP) - – Hosts Turkey secured a semi-final meeting with Serbia after a 95-68 romp over helpless Slovenia in the quarter-finals of the world basketball championships Wednesday.

Turkey were deserved of their 27-14 lead at the end of the first quarter as Slovenia struggled to penetrate the Turkish zone defence, shooting at just 29 percent from the field compared to Turkey's 75.

Although Slovenia would experience a marked improvement in their shooting in the second quarter, the Turkish onslaught at the other end did not let up, the hosts leading 50-31 at half time.

Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova knew how to please the sell-out home crowd of 10,000, throwing down two massive slams on the way to his 14 half-time points. He was also the only player to break double figures in the half.

Turkey maintained the pressure to lead 71-43 at the start of the final quarter, during which the game lost its way as Turkish minds began to wander to their semi-final against Serbia on Saturday.

Ilyasova finished the game as top-scorer with 19 points while Sinan Guler was next best with 12 points, then Oman Onan Kerem Tunceri and Toronto Raptors' Hidayet Turkoglu all finished with 10 points.

Sani Becirovic and Bostjan Nahcbar top-scored for Slovenia, both finishing with 16 points.

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